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Travel photography is one of the most challenging yet rewarding types of photography out there. We've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world and photograph a wide variety of different destinations. Today we're going to let you in on our favorite spots we've photographed over the years, and what makes them so special.
PHOTO: Locals at a Ceremony in Bali
Being a Westerner, the Far East has always had a certain mystical appeal. One of the most culturally abundant destinations we have traveled to was Bali, and at the heart of it, the town of Ubud. We recommend to grab your gear and head to the Monkey Temple-just make sure you hold on tight, as the cheeky primates are notorious for stealing shiny objects.
Then continue your photographic exploration at a Barong Barong dance show at the Royal Palace. Once you've hit these spots, wander around the back alleys behind the palace for a look into the lives of the locals. For an even more rewarding experience, we recommend spending a couple of nights at a Homestay to get to know the traditions of a Balinese family. The Holy Spring Water Temple and nearby rice fields also make for spectacular photo opportunities.
For a bonus cultural encounter unlike anywhere else in the world, consider a trip to India. Pick any festival like Holi or the Kumbh Mela pilgramige in Haridwar and you're sure to come out with some thought-provoking and inspirational images.
Tip: When taking pictures of the local culture, it is crucial to transport the viewer and make them feel like they are actually there with you. To accomplish this, you'll want to have a good portrait lens in your bag and sensitivity in your heart.
PHOTO: Lofoten Islands, Norway
Tall jagged cliffs burst out of the dark stormy sea. The expansive coastline is dotted with traditional wooden fishing houses while the Northern Lights shimmer overhead. Welcome to the Lofoten Islands in Norway, a landscape photographer's dream. Each of the seasons brings something new to photograph here. The comfortable summer months allow access to the many hiking trails that award panoramic views of the Arctic Islands; the endless summer sun also creates an amazing opportunity to perfect your sunset shots as the sun just skims the horizon but never truly sets. Fast forward to winter and the dark months of October through March are best for viewing the Aurora Borealis creeping along the sky.
Much like Norway, the south island of New Zealand has fantastic fjords and drastic landscapes sure to astound even the most seasoned landscape photographer. Rent a car and set off through McArthur's Pass. You'll find endless photographic opportunities along this beautiful highway. My favorite photogenic cities are Wanaka and Queenstown, although the area around Milford Sound is said to be picture-perfect as well.
PHOTO: Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium is one of my favorite destinations for architecture photography. The center of the European Union is exceptionally walkable, making it perfect for exploration by foot. The public parks have great views looking over colorful flower gardens and majestic buildings with the city rising in the background. Don't miss the Atomium, an architectural wonder from the 1958 World Fair. Located just off the metro line, you can take a tour inside this mammoth metal structure. The many exhibits explain all about the construction process and historical significance.
While Brussels might be one of my favorite destinations, anywhere in Europe typically makes a romantic and fun spot to snap pictures of the historic architecture. You really can't go wrong here!
PHOTO: Jaguar in the Pantanal
It would be foolish not to include an African Safari when suggesting spots for wildlife photography, but unfortunately we have yet to travel to sub-Saharan Africa. Our favorite spot, however, goes to the Pantanal in Brazil. 146 km down the dusty Transpantaneira, you'll see a multitude of different birds, including storks, hawks, and hyacinth macaws.
At the end of the road, take a boat ride into the deepest reaches of the Pantanal. Here you'll find hundreds of caimen sunbathing next to capybara. But the real treat is the chance to see the elusive wild jaguar.
Deemed one of the most biologically intense places on Earth, Corcovado National Park is another photographer's paradise. Located on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, the park is thought to contain 2.5 percent of the entire world's biodiversity. Toucans, four species of monkey, tapirs, crocodiles, dolphins, scarlet macaws, poison dart frogs and sloths are all available within the park's boundaries.
What is your favorite destination for photography?
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